07/10/17 | New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 

You will want to update your bone marrow aspiration coding for 2018 as well as some adipose-derived cell therapy for hands

New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 
07/10/17 | Spinal surgery
 

If you do any spinal surgery you want to be aware of the Medicare changes that are taking place regarding number of levels, number of cages as well as diagnosis issues.

Spinal surgery
 
06/10/16 | CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
  Unspecified ICD-10 codes be careful
CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
 
07/09/15 | Total joint issues from CMS
  Total joint issues from CMS
Total joint issues from CMS
 
12/31/14 | Holding claims and fee schedule issues for 2015
  Medicare wants claims held starting Jan 1, 2015
Holding claims and fee schedule issues for 2015
 
08/20/14 | Medicare finally catching on that modifier 59 is not enough
 
Medicare finally catching on that modifier 59 is not enough
 
07/22/14 | Keep an eye on your private payer contracts..
 
Keep an eye on your private payer contracts..
 
07/22/14 | Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule is out
 
Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule is out
 
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If your physician has been thinking about getting into "physician-owned distributorships" you might want to take heed to the new advisory opinion from the OIG.

In this special alert it states: "The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a number of guidance documents on the general subject of physician investments in entities to which they refer, including the 1989 Special Fraud Alert on Joint Venture Arrangements and various other publications. OIG also provided guidance specifically addressing physician investments in medical device manufacturers and distributors in an October 6, 2006 letter. In that letter, we noted "the strong potential for improper inducements between and among the physician investors, the entities, device vendors, and device purchasers" and stated that such ventures "should be closely scrutinized under the fraud and abuse laws." This Special Fraud Alert focuses on the specific attributes and practices of PODs that we believe produce substantial fraud and abuse risk and pose dangers to patient safety."

https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/alertsandbulletins/2013/POD_Special_Fraud_Alert.pdf